The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Life is unrealistically sweet for tween boys.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 173 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Characters sometimes learn lessons about topics like friendship and responsibility, but in general the show is intended to entertain and amuse rather than convey specific positive messages. The fact that the twins suddently become popular after getting a cool place to live (the Tipton Hotel), sends iffy messages about what's important in friendships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults are rude to each other, acting cartoonish most of the time. The kids get a lot of unsupervised time to themselves to get up to mischief; one main character often brags about her family's wealth and tries to control others with money.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The twins cruise girls like they're shopping for candy ... but they're not really old enough to act on anything in an inappropriate way.


Plugs for other Disney products can be found. Material wealth is celebrated.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that most adults will probably find this popular Disney program annoying and flashy. Though kids will love the fantasy aspect that comes with the notion that living in a hotel is the answer to all home-life problems, the twins' popularity among their peers seems to be for the wrong reasons at times, and adult characters' behavior leaves a lot to be desired.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byamatog December 6, 2009
Hate it too much attitude for these kids. My daughter ends up imitating them which annoys me to no end
Adult Written byyll April 9, 2008

Questionable values, stereotypes

This show features two young boys withprepubescent hormonal rages getting into schemes to meet girls and obtain material things like bikes. One boy perpetually... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypotatoes789 April 9, 2008

I can't believe some of these reviews....

This is a very diverse show!!! I can't believe anybody would think it is not. The twins' friend is African American, the rich airess is asain, the hot... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byreignhottie31 April 9, 2008


i dunno wats wrong with the parent and the cms raters...this is a good show...theres nothing to do with sexuality or watever on wat happen... Continue reading

What's the story?

When their mom lands a singing gig and they get the keys to a suite high in the sky, it's an invitation for twin brothers Zack and Cody (played by real-life twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse) to party and run amok around the swanky Tipton Hotel. The boys are occasionally chaperoned by cute candy counter girl Maddie (Ashley Tisdale), who also fills the role of babysitter.

Is it any good?

The show's premise could allow for some soulful moments, but the series errs on the side of the boys' fun life. Cheesy lines and predictable circumstances are plentiful, but kids love the video-game lifestyle the boys live -- jumping in elevators and hiding on a passing luggage cart to escape trouble, and so on.

While there are always more compelling programs for kids this age to enjoy, the popularity of the twins has proven that they'll be blaring on your TV screens well past their tween years.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that this series is, indeed, a fantasy, and that money doesn't necessarily make life easy. Would your kids want to live in a hotel? What would be the advantages and disadvantages?

  • Is there any part of Zack and Cody's life that real kids can relate to?

  • Kids: Would it be fun to have be a twin?

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